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Out of the Easy 

by Ruta Sepetys
05/13/2013 Categories: adventure murder mystery realistic fiction

Out of the EasySet in 1950's New Orleans, Josie Moraine, the bright daughter of a prostitute, wants to escape the Big Apple and reach for an exceptional college. However, a mysterious death involving her mother disrupts her plans. Josie sets off to find the truth, escape New Orleans, and still get accepted to the college of her dreams.

I was hooked with this book from the first few chapters. The vivid characterization makes the wide number of characters alive and believable, and the plot is quite a roller coaster. There's also a lot of research put into the setting of 1950, but not extensively, just subtly. The author's writing style is very simple and her writing doesn't disappoint.

I'd definitely give it a recommendation to mature teens and adults. Those wanting a fantastic romance mystery will get a thrill from Out of the Easy.

Jakob, 15

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I Am the Messenger 

by Marcus Zusak
04/29/2013 Categories: adventure mystery realistic fiction suspense

I am the messengerDeadbeat Ed Kennedy stops a bank robbery in his small town. Afterwards, he gets suspicious playing cards in the mail, instructing him to go to certain people to change their lives forever.

I Am a Messenger is a great book because it shows how anyone can change other people's lives for the better. Ed is likable character that most people can relate to. This author also wrote The Book Thief, which is in my opinion better, but fans won't be disappointed.

I Am the Messenger is still a good book that anyone can enjoy. Read at your own risk, however, since Ed's town has a lot of iffy people that do iffy things.

Kristine, 15

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
04/25/2013 Categories: friendship historical realistic fiction

Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, travel together looking for work and always hoping to save enough to settle down on their own piece of land. Things are looking up for them when they get hired as ranch hands, but just as their dream is within reach, their story screeches to a halt in unspeakable tragedy.

Steinbeck's portrayal of the Great Depression is poignant and incredibly powerful in its realism. Characters are developed nicely, all with a dream they strive for and fail to achieve. I was surprised by how much I felt for all the characters, from the gentle giant Lennie to the aging Candy.

I would recommend it because it is a great book with a believeable plot, realistic characters, historical significance and universal themes anyone can relate to.

Rebecca, 17

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That Summer 

by Sarah Dessen

That SummerHaven is tall and feels awkward with herself. Her parents are divorced, her dad remarries, and her sister is getting married at the end of summer. Her whole life is changing, and she feels as if she has no control. Then, one of her sister's old boyfriends comes back to town and she feels happy again. She remembers only good memories about when he and her sister were dating, back when their family was in one piece. It seems that every time something terrible goes wrong, he is there and it always cheers her up.

While reading, I felt indifferent about whether or not I liked it. I mean, it wasn't a waste of time, but it wasn't the best book every. Until I got to the end. I have a sister of my own, so I know how it feels to have a connection with someone so close. After reading the end, I loved the book and the relationship between Haven and Ashley.

I would recommend this book to any teenager. It's a quick book but it holds a lot of messages.

Chanel, 14

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If I Lie 

by Corinne Jackson

If I LieWhen a photo of Quinn kissing another boy surfaces while her boyfriend, Carey, was in Afghanistan, she is condemned and ostracized by her military town who accuses her of being a traitor. Quinn, however, has information that can clear her name, but was sworn to secrecy by Carey. Facing constant humiliation, she battles between keeping the secret and enduring the pain. 

If I Lie is a definite page turner. It causes the reader to sympathize for Quinn's situation, but also admire her for being a strong female character who endures pure chaos.

This book is worth checking out. It has a great female character and it draws the reader in quickly. Girls and boys can both enjoy this book. Many will be able to relate to the main character's situation of being the outsider.

CJ, 17

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Top of the Feud Chain 

by Lisi Harrison

Image result for Top of the Feud ChainThis is the last book of the Alphas series. Charlie, Allie, and Skye are some of the few Alphas left on Alpha Island, where they have been having competitions. Whoever loses gets sent home. In a competition gone wrong, the girls have been challenged to a place race and decide to bring along the Darwin boys. Unfortunately, the plane crashes in a desert and they are left to find a way out.

I thought it was a good ending to the series. The ending totally surprised me and I never saw it coming.

I would totally recommend this book to other people who have read this series along with the Clique book.

Audrey, 15

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The Summer I Turned Pretty 

by Jenny Han
12/27/2012 Categories: dating drama realistic fiction romance

Summer I turned pretty coverThe Summer I Turned Pretty is a story of chances and heartbreak. Isabel (Belly) has spent every summer of her life in Cousins Beach with her family and family friends. The two main boys in her life are Conrad and Jeremiah. She loves both of them dearly but is and has been in love with Conrad forever. But this summer she starts to get the wandering eye from Conrad and Jeremiah.

I did like this book because it wasn't like she met this gorgeous guy by "accident“, it was someone she had known her whole life. I also loved the differences between the two brothers. Whereas Conrad is complicated and shy, and Jeremiah is outgoing and hilarious.

I would definitely recommend this book just because of how different it is from the typical romance books.

Audrey, 15

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We'll Always Have Summer 

by Jenny Han
12/27/2012 Categories: dating drama funny realistic fiction romance

We'll Always Have Summer coverBelly is finally in a loving, committed relationship with Jeremiah in college. So he decides to pop the question after 2 years of dating and they decide to head down to Cousins Beach to plan the wedding. However, they did not expect to run into Conrad who is staying at the beach house. Then, Conrad tells Belly he made a mistake ending the relationship with her and still has feelings for her. She finally has to confront her feelings for both of them and choose.

I totally loved this book!!! There are a bunch of laughs, twists, heartbreak I never saw coming even for a second. I think this is one of the few books, that when it ended I felt happy about it like it was the perfect ending.

YES, read it! If you don't you will regret it. It has some really good lines in there that are unforgettable. It kind of reminds me of a Sarah Dessen book because the outcome is totally unpredictable.

Audrey, 15

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It's Not Summer Without You 

by Jenny Han

Not Summer coverBelly has just gotten a major wake up call when someone important in her life passes away and losing Conrad doesn't help. This would be her first summer not going to Cousins Beach......until she gets a mysterious phone call from Jeremiah saying that Conrad has left college and it's up to them to go and find him.

I thought this book was different... not in a bad way at all. I still liked it but it was more complex than the first book. I did like how Belly ended up with the nice guy for a change, plus you got to see a different point of view.

Of course I would recommend this book if you read the first one. But it has a different mood whereas the focus is more than just Belly's relationships.

Audrey, 15

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The Lucky One 

by Nicholas Sparks
12/18/2012 Categories: dating drama realistic fiction romance war

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many battles in which his friends did not survive. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her so that he can somehow repay her.

I really enjoyed this book! I read it because I had seen the previews of the movie, and I was dying to see the movie but I liked the book way better than the movie.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romance. It will make you wonder why something is happening in some chapters and sometimes you even want to scream at characters for being so cruel and uncaring.

Safiro, 16

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The Help 

by Kathryn Stockett

The Help coverThe Help is about two black women who are maids in the 1960's and a young white lady who wants to create a book about the lives of the maids in Jackson, Mississippi. There is still segregation in town but it doesn't stop these women from writing their book in secret. These three women's destinies change with the work of a book that tells about the hard work of the black maids in white homes.

I personally loved the book because it tells you the points of view of the black maids and the young lady who was taken care of as a child by a black maid. It made me cry in the end which was very moving. It shows how racism was in the 1960's and how brutally those maids were treated.

This book has a little of everything. There is humor, romance, drama, history, and mystery. I really enjoyed The Help by Katheryn Stockett, and I hope you will too.

Carina, 14

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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
12/18/2012 Categories: death inspirational realistic fiction romance

Macy is a teenage girl who is suffering from the death of her father during one of their daily runs. She gives up running and keeps to herself. Her boyfriend Jason doesn't listen to her about her unhappiness. He is away at camp, and she sends him an email telling him she loves him. Jason rejects her love and tells her they need a break. Macy is hurt but then she finds a job catering food where she befriends her coworkers. Wes and Kristiy learn throughout the story of the toubles Macy is facing. Wes and Macy begin to play a game called Truth where they revel their secrets to each other. They connect more and later throughout the story they become a couple after some obstacles.

The Truth About Forever is an interesting book. It makes you realize that not letting your feeling out damages you emotionally and physically. I love how Dessen tells Macy's story heartfully.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance story or a book that gives a good life lesson. You should really consider reading this book.

Carina, 14

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Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner coverTwo friends, a servant child and a rich child, are friends at home but act as if they don't know each other in public. The servant child is always made fun of and the rich child never stood up for him. As they grew up, they started drifting apart until they moved far away from each other. Then they find out that they are half brothers and now wish to be together again.

The Kite Runner is an interesting book because it shows how far family will go for you. I liked it because it was about family and how they risk their own lives to save a loved one. It was good because  it was mainly suspense built up. I really enjoy suspense.

I would recommend this book to others because it's full of suspense, and it is a real page turner.

Safiro, 16

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The Things They Carried 

by Tim O'Brien

This book is about a soldier and his experiences in the Vietnam war. He elaborates on the emotional and traumatizing experiences and demonstrates the difficulties of war.

I loved this book because it gave you a perspective on what occurs in war. It allows the reader to see the effects that war, especially Nam, had on the solders.

I would recommend this book to people who like history! This book will speak to all and make you realize the different aspects of war.

Melissa, 17

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Teen Idol 

by Meg Cabot

Teen Idol coverTeen Idol is about a famous teen movie star who helps an average high schooler, Jenny, find out what she really can do to make a positive impact on peoples' lives.

This book is great because it makes you think how you can be there for your friends and make an impact on their lives, like Jenny. I also like how people end up finding there true love at last.

If you like reading about someone's life being forever changed, Teen Idol is a book you would love.

Ashley, 14

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